Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

DAC Collection Artist Information

Russell Lee

American photographer

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Lee trained as a chemical engineer at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, from 1921 to 1925. From 1929 to 1931, Lee studied painting at the California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco. From 1929 to 1935, he was an independent painter in New York City, New York, and in San Francisco, California. From 1936 to 1942, Lee was a staff photographer under Roy E. Stryker at the Historical Section of the Resettlement Administration, later the Farm Security Administration, in Washington, D.C. From 1941 to 1942, Lee was a photographer for the Office of War Information in the Far East and Europe. From 1943 to 1945, he served as a reconnaissance photographer and Head of the Still Picture Section, United States Army Air Transport Command Overseas Technical Unit, also in Europe. From 1946 to 1947, Lee worked as a Medical Report Photographer for the Coal Mines Administration, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. He produced an extensive survey of health and living conditions of bituminous coal miners. From 1946 to 1965, Lee worked as an industrial magazine photographer, and from 1965 to 1986, he worked as an independent photographer. From 1965 to 1973, Lee was an instructor of photography at the University of Texas, Austin.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500036938.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Russell Lee:

Russell Lee Visiting a Relative’s Grave on All Saints’ Day, New Roads, La., 1938 Gelatin silver print
Russell Lee Migrant in Auto, Prague, Oklahoma, 1938 Gelatin silver print
Russell Lee Tenant Purchase Clients at Home, Hidalgo, Texas, February, 1939 Gelatin silver print
Russell Lee Fortune Teller, State Fair, Donaldsonville, La., 1938 Gelatin silver print
Russell Lee Migrant Child in a Car, Prague, Oklahoma, 1939 (printed ca. 1982) Gelatin silver print
Russell Lee Farmer and Wife, near Warner, Oklahoma, 1939, 1939 (printed ca. 1982) Gelatin silver print
Russell Lee Christmas Dinner in the Home of Earl Pauley, Smithfield, Iowa, 1936 (printed 1987) Gelatin silver print
Russell Lee Pie Town, New Mexico, 1940 (printed 1987) Gelatin silver print
Russell Lee Iron River, Michigan, 1937 (printed 1987) Gelatin silver print
Russell Lee F.S.A. Clients at Home, Hidalgo County, Texas, 1939 Gelatin silver print with selenium toning
Russell Lee An Organ Deposited by the Flood on a Farm near Mt. Vernon, Indiana, 1937 (printed ca. 1978) Gelatin silver print
Russell Lee Fortune Teller at State Fair, Donaldson, Louisiana, 1938 (printed ca. 1978) Gelatin silver print with selenium toning
Russell Lee Roadside Camp of Migrant Workers, Lincoln, Oklahoma, 1939 (printed ca. 1978) Gelatin silver print with selenium toning
Russell Lee Girl of Migrant Family Camped near Spiro, 1939 (printed 1995) Gelatin silver print
Russell Lee Two of the Bradley Children, Tipler, Wisconsin, 1937 (printed 1995) Gelatin silver print
Russell Lee Father with His Two Daughters on the Merry-Go-Round, 1941 (printed later) Gelatin silver print on photographic paper
http://dac-collection.wesleyan.edu/art36588 is a persistent link to this page with no user-session information.

ULAN biographical content is displayed with permission of the Getty Research Institute. Some ULAN content in some DAC artist records has been lightly edited. Content from the Getty Research Institute is © 2017 The J. Paul Getty Trust. All rights reserved.

Featured Image Groups

Rembrandt

All Rembrandt Holdings

Dürer

All Dürer with Images

Delacroix

Faust

Goya

Los Caprichos

Goltzius

Metamorphoses